Sign of the (Lap) Times: Muddy Creek

Sign of the (Lap) Times Muddy Creek

June 27, 2017 3:40pm

The championship chases in the respective classes went in opposite directions at Muddy Creek. While Eli Tomac closed to within four of Blake Baggett in the 450 Class, Jeremy Martin’s 13-6 day in the 250 Class cost him 18 points on the day (he’s 36 back in the championship) and slid him behind his older brother Alex to third in the championship. Zach Osborne holds a 31-point lead over Alex heading into round six this weekend at RedBud.

How did the race unfold? Let’s dive into the lap charts and look at a couple key moments from last Saturday. First, our traditional lap charts.

450 Class Moto 1

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap On Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 2 1:51.834 8 1:54.589 Eli Tomac
2 3 1:52.055 13 1:55.266 Blake Baggett
3 1 1:52.133 5 1:54.451 Jason Anderson
4 6 1:53.434 8 1:56.112 Broc Tickle
5 4 1:53.988 6 1:53.988 Weston Peick
6 5 1:54.097 3 1:56.217 Justin Barcia
7 7 1:54.156 8 1:56.124 Marvin Musquin
8 11 1:54.400 10 1:56.348 Martin Davalos
9 12 1:54.481 3 1:57.994 Justin Bogle
10 9 1:54.448 8 1:56.452 Cooper Webb

450 Class Moto 2

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap On Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1 1:51.479 6 1:53.901 Eli Tomac
2 2 1:52.056 5 1:55.723 Jason Anderson
3 3 1:52.092 7 1:55.112 Blake Baggett
4 5 1:54.156 6 1:56.604 Justin Bogle
5 12 1:54.212 9 1:57.013 Broc Tickle
6 9 1:54.226 5 1:56.689 Cooper Webb
7 4 1:54.384 6 1:56.377 Weston Peick
8 7 1:55.043 8 1:57.015 Dean Wilson
9 6 1:55.094 17 1:56.571 Martin Davalos
10 8 1:55.212 5 1:57.288 Fredrik Noren

250 Class Moto 1

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap On Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1 1:52.259 4 1:54.563 Aaron Plessinger
2 2 1:52.655 2 1:54.806 Adam Cianciarulo
3 3 1:53.058 5 1:55.136 Austin Forkner
4 4 1:53.704 3 1:55.171 Alex Martin
5 6 1:53.716 3 1:56.535 Shane McElrath
6 5 1:53.719 7 1:55.931 Zach Osborne
7 38 1:53.910 4 1:56.562 RJ Hampshire
8 7 1:54.513 4 1:57.237 Sean Cantrell
9 10 1:54.579 7 1:58.061 Jeremy Martin
10 8 1:54.852 5 1:57.294 Colt Nichols

250 Class Moto 2

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap On Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 2 1:52.532 3 1:54.817 Aaron Plessinger
2 1 1:52.633 8 1:54.509 Zach Osborne
3 3 1:53.272 4 1:54.919 Austin Forkner
4 4 1:53.384 2 1:54.885 Alex Martin
5 5 1:53.445 3 1:55.119 Adam Cianciarulo
6 6 1:53.665 3 1:55.266 Jeremy Martin
7 7 1:53.715 3 1:55.724 Joey Savatgy
8 8 1:53.821 3 1:56.334 Colt Nichols
9 9 1:53.908 3 1:56.323 Chase Sexton
10 14 1:54.376 4 1:57.548 Luke Renzland

Tomac vs Anderson

While Jason Anderson was trying to make his way around Trey Canard and Justin Bogle, Eli Tomac was taking off with the second moto win. Tomac’s opening laps of 1:53.845 and 1:52.667 were nearly three seconds and a full four seconds faster than Anderson’s 1:56.305 and 1:56.686. Once Anderson moved into second on lap three, Anderson attempted to reel Tomac in and dropped down into the 1:52s on three consecutive laps. Well, Tomac responded and put in two 1:51s and was never challenged en route to the second moto win. The chart below shows the chase—Anderson bringing the heat on lap five, and Tomac responding.

Lap Eli Tomac Jason Anderson
1 1:53.845 1:56.305
2 1:52.667 1:56.686
3 1:52.079 1:53.332
4 1:51.938 1:52.703
5 1:52.374 1:52.056
6 1:51.479 1:52.707
7 1:52.675 1:53.384
8 1:53.198 1:53.751

Baggett Down the Stretch

The other major storyline from the second 450 moto was another incredible charge from Blake Baggett. The points leader was down in the first turn with Cooper Webb and Broc Tickle and charged back from nearly dead last to third in the moto. If you were paying attention to live timing late in the moto, you could see Baggett was, at times, going two to three seconds faster than those riders in front of him. Check out a side-by-side chart of the last 10 laps and the times Baggett and the riders in front of him were running.

Lap Blake Baggett Weston Peick Justin Bogle Martin Davalos Dean Wilson
9 1:54.436 1:54.793 1:57.163 1:55.334 1:55.129
10 1:53.519 1:55.631 1:56.173 1:55.887 2:07.342*
11 1:54.880 1:55.801 1:55.815 1:55.715 1:56.774
12 1:56.412 1:57.925 1:57.595 1:56.026 1:56.792
13 1:54.931 1:57.306 1:56.907 1:58.039 1:57.112
14 1:56.661 1:58.581 1:57.841 1:56.364 1:56.332
15 1:55.125 1:57.963 1:58.064 1:56.916 1:55.766
16 1:55.462 1:56.292 1:56.871 1:57.217 1:55.925
17 1:55.260 1:57.005 1:57.159 1:55.094 1:56.862
18 1:57.210 1:56.493 1:57.777 2:00.943 2:00.152

Bold = Fastest lap between the five riders
*Wilson crashed on lap 10.


Forkner vs Martin

For 35 of 36 laps on Saturday, Alex Martin had nice view of Austin Forkner’s rear end. The two were separated by just a second or two for the entirety of both 250 motos on Saturday. On the first lap of the first moto, the two ran third and fourth. They finished third and fourth—with no passes.

In the second 250 moto, they ran third and fourth beginning on the second lap. They finished third and fourth—with no passes. Alex had this to say on Instagram after the race: “4-4 for 5th O/A in Tennessee... That's what happens when you sit behind the competition for 70 mins straight...”

Check out a side-by-side look at their times at the end of both motos.

Moto 1

Lap Austin Forkner Alex Martin
13 1:56.446 1:57.941
14 1:55.951 1:54.193
15 1:55.796 1:55.448
16 1:55.382 1:54.557
17 1:55.513 1:55.464
18 1:55.815 1:56.238

Moto 2

Lap `Austin Forkner Alex Martin
13 1:55.285 1:55.095
14 1:55.169 1:54.980
15 1:56.025 1:55.732
16 1:55.260 1:55.630
17 1:55.668 1:56.873
18 1:57.344 1:56.007